Zing Stories

Lesley's Bio

This bio is for potential clients seeking help for their Life Stories or Poetry Collections.

Lesley Synge has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (2001) and a BA and Diploma of Education from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She has most recently co-written Wharfie, the life story of a Brisbane working man.

Lesley founded the Real Life Story Workshop in 1996 and since then, has helped thousands of people across the community to acknowledge the significance of their lives and to write about them. She advocates using personal stories to create a sense of community. She has edited many community-based publications such as Essence of Mind for the Queensland Zen Centre in Brisbane, Nine Lives: Personal Stories of Mental Illness for the Brisbane charity Open Minds, and the Black Possum Diaries for the rural town of Maleny. Her own memoir excerpts and essays are published widely.

Lesley has many fiction credits. Cry Ma Ma to the Moon 2nd ed, is a self-published, illustrated e-novel about a love triangle amongst poets. Transnational Literature (TL) and other journals, both print and online, publish her short stories.

Lesley's career as a poet spans many decades and she is a regular performer of her work in Australia eg at the Qld Poetry Festival. Her two collections of poetry are Mountains Belong to the People Who Love Them (2nd ed 2011) and Organic Sister (2005), all published by the small press, Post Pressed. Hecate and 40 South Tasmania are but two journals that have published recent poems and Radio National has featured poetry from both collections.

Books and writing are key players in Lesley's world. She has contributed to the culture of Australian literature by taking on the post of book review editor for the academic journal, Social Alternatives (SA) and written over 40 reviews for the Courier Mail. She has also reviewed a number of poetry titles. (See TL, SA.)

She has served the members of the Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) in numerous ways, including serving on the management committtee. As a founding member of QWC she is thrilled to be part of its flourishing.

For a full list of credits, see the AustLit database, the resource for Australian literature. (Some works are in the name of Lesley Singh.)  

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Wordsworth wrote: I am part of all that I have met.

Once upon a time, a young and adventurous woman left Brisbane to travel the world and find the meaning of life. She did foolish things such as drive overland to India. (Yes, London to Amritsar in a Datsun 200B.) More recently she toured India from north to south, mostly by train. Before she left Brisbane she discovered that Allen Ginsburg and some fellow Beat poets had made the same trip in 1962. She hopes to complete her My Indian Journal before too long.

Meanwhile, she's keen to support your writing adventures, whatever they are.


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